Enemies” is the second single off of Junius Karr’s debut album. The song, at its core, is about the ab-sence of faith; the inner tension that can arise when you feel like you’re not doing anything incorrectly, but things still aren’t going your way. Junius recorded this song throughout August, in a basement studio the size of an East Village bedroom, with no windows and no A/C. Something about the less than ideal recording conditions seemed to fit with the song – he spent weeks laboring over the guitar layering and vocal performances.

“I think I crossed over 1000 partial vocal takes for this song. It all seemed to fit with why I wrote the song in the first place; exhaustion from trying really, really hard to get things right. I often felt trapped behind my laptop, and I wanted to convey that by opting for more Aphex Twin inspired drums – glitchy, filtered, and quirky – as opposed to recording real drums. The juxtaposition between heavily electronic drums and wailing, Smashing Pumpkins-esque guitars has a weird but meaningful duality.” There’s a b-side to this single, as well – a piano composition called “Theme From White Denim Jacket.” It’s a stripped down rendi-tion of a melodic theme that plays throughout the album. It’s a reprieve from the tension and distortion with something simple and melodic.


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